Garuda Dr4gonized Edition terrible performance on HDD


I am a brand new garuda user (3 days now), I am unfamiliar with linux/unix based operating systems, so please bare with me if you are to kindly offer me your assistance.

My main concern is the terrible performance I have in desktop, lag spikes, slow loading applications, changing directories in the terminal sometimes even take long!, etc. The installation is on an HDD (Seagate ST2000DM008), however I'd still expect better performance, any advice would be very helpful.

The following terminal output may be of use.

╭─[email protected] in ~
╰─λ sudo journalctl -p 3 -xb
[sudo] password for aequilibrium:
-- Journal begins at Mon 2021-10-25 16:57:49 CEST, ends at Tue 2021-10-26 00:55:13 CEST. --
Oct 26 00:51:22 Aquila kernel: x86/cpu: SGX disabled by BIOS.
Oct 26 00:51:22 Aquila kernel:
Oct 26 00:51:21 Aquila systemd-modules-load[265]: Failed to find module 'vboxpci'
Oct 26 00:51:26 Aquila kernel: nvidia-gpu 0000:01:00.3: i2c timeout error e0000000
Oct 26 00:51:26 Aquila kernel: ucsi_ccg 1-0008: i2c_transfer failed -110
Oct 26 00:51:26 Aquila kernel: ucsi_ccg 1-0008: ucsi_ccg_init failed - -110
Oct 26 00:51:26 Aquila systemd-tmpfiles[508]: Failed to write file "/sys/module/pcie_aspm/parameters/policy":>
Oct 26 00:52:49 Aquila pipewire-media-session[4174]: spa.bluez5: GetManagedObjects() failed: org.freedesktop.

Cpu info

File: /proc/cpuinfo
processor   : 0
vendor_id   : GenuineIntel
cpu family  : 6
model       : 158
model name  : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-9400F CPU @ 2.90GHz
stepping    : 10
microcode   : 0xea
cpu MHz     : 2900.000
cache size  : 9216 KB
physical id : 0
siblings    : 6
core id     : 0
cpu cores   : 6
apicid      : 0
initial apicid  : 0
fpu     : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level : 22
wp      : yes
flags       : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxs
r sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc art arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl xtop
ology nonstop_tsc cpuid aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 sdbg fma cx16 xtpr pd
cm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic movbe popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm abm 3dnowprefet
ch cpuid_fault epb invpcid_single pti ssbd ibrs ibpb stibp tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid ept_ad fsgsba
se tsc_adjust bmi1 avx2 smep bmi2 erms invpcid mpx rdseed adx smap clflushopt intel_pt xsaveopt xsavec xgetbv1
xsaves dtherm ida arat pln pts hwp hwp_notify hwp_act_window hwp_epp md_clear flush_l1d

Hopefully this doesn't contain any sensitive data:

Has Baloo finished indexing yet?

On new KDE installs baloo is often the cause of system slowdowns.

You have included many useful output, but I'm not seeing your inxi -Faz output.

Welcome to the forum.


My fault, I didn't realize that was a command, I thought it was sample code to show how to quote traceback. Thank you so much for the warm welcome!

inxi -Faz:

╭─[email protected] in ~  
╰─λ inxi -Faz
System:    Kernel: 5.14.14-zen1-1-zen x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.1.0
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen root=UUID=ac38aefa-a9bb-4285-b85a-dd00f1b36218
rw [email protected] quiet splash rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0
systemd.unified_cgroup_hierarchy=1 loglevel=3
Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.23.1 tk: Qt 5.15.2 info: latte-dock wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM
Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Machine:   Type: Desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: PRIME Z390-P v: Rev X.0x serial: <filter>
UEFI: American Megatrends v: 2417 date: 06/03/2019
CPU:       Info: 6-Core model: Intel Core i5-9400F bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Kaby Lake note: check
family: 6 model-id: 9E (158) stepping: A (10) microcode: EA cache: L2: 9 MiB
flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 34798
Speed: 3887 MHz min/max: 800/4100 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 3887 2: 3903 3: 3936 4: 3701
5: 3900 6: 3581
Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled
Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT disabled
Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT disabled
Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp
Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
Type: spectre_v2
mitigation: Full generic retpoline, IBPB: conditional, IBRS_FW, STIBP: disabled, RSB filling
Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode
Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA TU106 [GeForce RTX 2060 Rev. A] vendor: ASUSTeK driver: nvidia v: 470.74
alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1f08 class-ID: 0300
Device-2: Pixart Imaging PAC731x Trust Webcam type: USB driver: gspca_pac7302,snd-usb-audio
bus-ID: 1-11:4 chip-ID: 093a:2621 class-ID: 0102
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.13 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: loaded: nvidia
unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,nouveau,nv,vesa display-ID: :0 screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 92 s-size: 530x301mm (20.9x11.9") s-diag: 610mm (24")
Monitor-1: DP-2 res: 1920x1080 dpi: 92 size: 531x299mm (20.9x11.8") diag: 609mm (24")
OpenGL: renderer: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 470.74 direct render: Yes
Audio:     Device-1: Intel Cannon Lake PCH cAVS vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
alternate: snd_soc_skl,snd_sof_pci_intel_cnl bus-ID: 00:1f.3 chip-ID: 8086:a348 class-ID: 0403
Device-2: NVIDIA TU106 High Definition Audio vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:10f9 class-ID: 0403
Device-3: Pixart Imaging PAC731x Trust Webcam type: USB driver: gspca_pac7302,snd-usb-audio
bus-ID: 1-11:4 chip-ID: 093a:2621 class-ID: 0102
Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.14.14-zen1-1-zen running: yes
Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.19 running: no
Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no
Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.39 running: yes
Network:   Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet vendor: ASUSTeK PRIME B450M-A
driver: r8169 v: kernel port: 3000 bus-ID: 04:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
IF: enp4s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 2.04 TiB used: 63.82 GiB (3.1%)
SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: SanDisk model: SSD PLUS 240GB size: 223.58 GiB block-size:
physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 00RL scheme: GPT
ID-2: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: Seagate model: ST2000DM008-2FR102 size: 1.82 TiB
block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: HDD rpm: 7200
serial: <filter> rev: 0001 scheme: GPT
Partition: ID-1: / raw-size: 931.52 GiB size: 931.52 GiB (100.00%) used: 63.8 GiB (6.8%) fs: btrfs
dev: /dev/sdb2 maj-min: 8:18
ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 99 MiB size: 95 MiB (95.96%) used: 25.4 MiB (26.7%) fs: vfat
dev: /dev/sda2 maj-min: 8:2
ID-3: /home raw-size: 931.52 GiB size: 931.52 GiB (100.00%) used: 63.8 GiB (6.8%) fs: btrfs
dev: /dev/sdb2 maj-min: 8:18
ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 931.52 GiB size: 931.52 GiB (100.00%) used: 63.8 GiB (6.8%) fs: btrfs
dev: /dev/sdb2 maj-min: 8:18
ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 931.52 GiB size: 931.52 GiB (100.00%) used: 63.8 GiB (6.8%) fs: btrfs
dev: /dev/sdb2 maj-min: 8:18
Swap:      Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 15.55 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: 100 dev: /dev/zram0
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 49.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia temp: 51 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 26%

Also unsure how to tell if it has, it originally had 21k file indexed, I purged it now its lower, I can't currently test performance, It's 2:45, but Ill check in the morning.

What sort of performance are you expecting? You're running from a spinning disk, so boot time will be around 30 seconds and applications will take 2-10 seconds to launch.

You can also check the output of top to see what processes are running and how much CPU and disk time they are using.


Well if we are talking about load times the the max sustained transfer rate is 220MB/s, which even if its not referring to write, is to read. Cut it in half, 110MB/s is plenty for just running desktop applications, no huge asset loads needed to constantly go in and out of memory.
And top never "topped out", thats why I am suspicious, and neither did any other system monitors.

Update: I've been using the os today and It appears way better, I've restarted the prior days but that didn't help, but the main thing that I think might have helped is purging the baloo indexes.

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